Anyone have experience with the push mower? I have been thinking about the Fiskars 17" which seems to have pretty good reviews.
I have the fiskars, and its WAY better than that troy bilt. Get the high end model, its got a flywheel and chain drive. You have to give it a good push to get it going, but its much easier than regular reel mowers once you get it going. It also throws forward, so you won't have to use that grass catcher, which I'm pretty sure you'll be kicking a lot. And you don't have to rake up the clippings, I've actually never in my 35 years of mowing used a grass catcher, just letting the clippings drop to retain moisture and create natural fertilizer.
Fiskars customer service is also incredibly good. I had a really old fiskars pole saw and the clamp that holds the two pieces together just wore out so the poles would slide out when I was cutting. I was going to buy a new one when I noted what was left of the "lifetime warranty" sticker and sent them an email. They offered to send me a new clamp, but I didn't get it. I figured "usual crappy customer service" and fired them a second email. The head of customer service responded, said they'd sent the part but since I didn't get it, they'd send me a whole new pole saw. It arrived 2 days later by fed ex. I felt like I'd won the lottery, since I got plenty of use out of the old one.
I've bought a ^@$%load of Fiskars products since then.
Troy Bilt really went down the drain after MTD bought them.
The Husqvarna blower did have a lot of fuel line problems and I changed out quite a few under warranty. When running them they seemed fine, not awesome, just decent. Have 0 experience with reel mowers so I cannot comment on that unit except the Troy-Bilt name is not what it used to be.The Poulan branded mower has the newer Briggs engine on it that is a completely new design. I have very little experience with them except cleaning water out of the carbs on a couple, seemed like a decent low end engine. Poulan usually has better pricing on replacement parts than MTD units. This all seems like low end equipment that may do fine for light use only or moderate use if you take care of your equipment well. Just remember lower end equipment does seem to have more QA problems. So be sure to use it when you get it. Warranty goes by date of purchase not time of use and several things stop being warranted after 30 days.
so, i got the reel mower. it was brand new. took about 5 minutes to put the handle on. i did not put on the grass catcher. took it outside, and it works great. for $68 there can't be much to beat this thing for tiny yards. if i had to do 1/4 of an acre or something i'd probably invest in a better mower. but for 20ft x 30ft yard... 68 bucks is enough. thanks op.
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